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There is a popular misconception that Christmas should be about “unadulterated joy” and happiness but the Christmas story “has never been about 100 per cent good times,” said Fr Martin Sirju, in his homily for the Feast of Holy Innocents at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, December 28.

The feast remembers the martyrs, the male children killed in Bethlehem by the order of King Herod.

Fr Sirju said, “Even though we are in a special time that we call the holy octave of Christmas and it is a time to rejoice and to give thanks and to wish people a merry Christmas, in the middle of the rejoicing we have the murder of these children two years old and under”. Jesus was “lucky” because Joseph was warned in a dream.

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